American Jewish World Service

Our Mission

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Rooted in our mission, AJWS was founded in 1985 by American Jews who wanted to join together as global citizens to help some of the poorest and most oppressed people around the globe. Today, AJWS is the only Jewish organization dedicated solely to ending poverty and promoting human rights in the developing world.

How We’ve Made Change

AJWS started as a small organization, but now raises more than $50 million a year. And since our founding, we have provided more than $230 million to support thousands of social justice organizations in the developing world that have taken on some of the biggest global challenges of our time.

Today, AJWS is one of the top human rights funders in the world. We’re the 6th largest funder of organizations working to advance the rights of women and girls, the 8th largest funder of organizations focused on environmental and natural resource rights, and the 4th largest U.S.-based funder of international LGBT rights work.

Highlights of our work include campaigning to stop the Darfur genocide, fighting global hunger, responding to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and the earthquake in Nepal, and working to end violence against women, girls and LGBT people worldwide.

Check out the timeline by clicking here to see some of our key accomplishments over the past 30 years!